Summary of Changes

After July 1, 2022 RUCIT will be removing the 10 Linux workstations in the Rutgers Student Computer Lab on the main floor of Robeson Library.

Affected Services

Dedicated physical Linux desktop machines in the student computer lab will no longer be available.


Linux virtual desktops

The Office of Advanced Research Computing (OARC) makes virtual Linux desktop services available to the entire Rutgers community via the Amarel advanced computing environment. Documentation about the Amarel virtual desktop services is available in the Cluster User Guide under Using the Open OnDemand interface and Using the FastX interface.

Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL)

If you own a computer running Windows 10 (or 11), Microsoft supports an integrated virtual computing environment called the Windows Subsystem for Linux. This allows your Windows computer to run most command-line tools, utilities, and applications for Linux directly on Windows without 3rd party virtual machine software or a dual-boot setup. Please visit Microsoft’s Windows Subsystem for Linux site for more information about this feature, including how to enable it on your own computer.

MacOS Linux Support

With Apple’s move away from Intel-based chips to their own Apple Silicon M1 series of chips, running Linux on newer Macs is not as easy or seamless as it once was. For now RUCIT recommends the use of OARC’s Linux virtual desktop services if you have a Mac computer. As support for Linux on the Apple Silicon M1 series of chips improves, we will update this section with additional recommendations.